March 1, 2008

Krystal Chenille Scud

hook: size 10-12 Tiemco 2457 or other 2x heavy scud hook
thread: 6/0 UNI, olive
wingcase: 1/4" latex scud backing, brown
body: krystal chenille, copper/brown/pearl or peacock pearl
rib: Ultra Wire copper, small

Wrap a layer of thread along the hook shank down past the hook bend. Tie in the wire rib. Tie in the scud backing. It gives a cleaner look if you taper the end of the scud backing by trimming the corners back. Tie in a 6" long strand of krystal chenille. Wrap thread forward to a couple of eye lengths behind the hook eye. Wrap the chenille forward to the eye, creating a tapered body in the middle. Leave room to tie off the scud backing. Tie off and trim. Fold the flashback forward, tie off and trim. Wrap the wire rib forward, creating about 5 or 6 segments. Build a small head with the thread behind the hook eye, whip finish and epoxy the thread.

Many of our sloughs out here are loaded with scuds, and ducks, as well as carp love them. I typically used an antron/ice dubbing blend, like the sowbug pre-blended stuff, in the past. I always had issues with the body not being full enough. I tied these up using some krystal chenille that I had bought for crawfish bodies. I like the look of the chenille after it's been tied; I hope it's not too flashy.


  1. OK so I'm not one of those alleged "elitist trout flyfisherman" although I do tend to prefer stream fishing. Fly for trout and spin cast for smallmouth. In Fillmore County with not a single lake here stream fishing is about it anyway. I am intrigued by your version of flyfishing though. I thought carp, suckers etc were mostly botton and vegetation feeders??? How does this work?
    Thanks for the neat blog!

  2. species like sucker and carp do typically feed of off the bottom, but that's no reason that they can't be caught on a fly. Even trout and smallies will feed on the bottom (e.g. think crawfish patterns). The main difference between fishing for suckers and trout is that trout will typically feed in the run/pool section in streams, whereas the suckers will typically be right down in the riffle itself. You'll need a little more weight to keep your flies down, but a typical trout nymph will work just fine on a sucker. You're fortunate to live in the SE where there is a winter trout season, but up here in the NW part of the state, the spring sucker run is a blast and good excuse to get on the water in early April, when other gamefish seasons are still closed.